Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats
It is common for cats to develop gastrointestinal issues. Symptoms can include increased or decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, or developing a dull and unkempt coat. If your cat is experiencing stomach problems, bring your cat in to see our team at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego.
Different Kinds of Digestive Disorders
There are several different types of digestive disorders that cats can experience. The causes for these disorders can vary from eating something abnormal to food sensitivities and intolerance, infections, and a lack of digestive enzymes. Some breeds, such as Rex or Sphynx, are more prone to digestive problems. Our veterinarian will likely perform some tests to determine the exact cause of your cat’s digestive and gastrointestinal issues.
Acute gastroenteritis results in an inflamed digestive tract. Causes for this can include spoiled food, swallowing foreign objects, food allergies, internal parasites, and stress. Colitis is more common in cats that are under the age of five and can cause inflammation in the large intestines. The most common causes are tumors, allergies, or a change in diet. Diarrhea can be caused by infections, internal parasites, a change in cat food, eating spoiled food, or body organ dysfunction.
Does Your Cat Have a Gastrointestinal Disorder?
One of the most common signs of a digestive disorder for a cat is diarrhea or soft stools. You may also notice some other symptoms, such as flatulence, regurgitation, or vomiting. Chronic GI issues can be debilitating to your cat and will require testing and a diagnosis from your veterinarian.
Treatment for Gastrointestinal Issues
Your cat’s food plays an important role in GI tract health and treatment for your cat’s stomach problems. There may be different nutritional approaches that are recommended for your cat depending on the symptoms and diagnosis. Dr. Schexneider may recommend feeding your cat food that is easily digestible to prevent any irritation to the intestines or a sensitive stomach. You should also make sure that your cat can stay hydrated during this time. Cat stomach issues can frequently lead to dehydration.
Visit Your Local Veterinarian
If your cat is experiencing gastrointestinal distress, you need an accurate diagnosis and treatment. If you live in San Diego or the surrounding area and your cat requires veterinary care, call Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital today at 858-292-6116 to schedule an appointment.